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Archive for September 2014

Baja Ha-Ha Entries Top 150

More than 150 boats have paid up for the 21st running of the Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers’ Rally, from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, which starts October 27 with stops at Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria. More »

Rolex Big Boat Series Wrap-Up

What a rush! Tom Thayer’s J/70 Rampage was looking fast at the Rolex Big Boat Series, but Andy Costello and Paul Cayard on Double Trouble won the 13-boat class. © 2014 St. More »

Killer SoCal Ta-Ta

There has been plenty of sun — and great people — for the sundown parties aboard Profligate. Jane Roy
©2014Latitude 38 Media, LLC Great sailing, terrific anchorages, wonderful hosts, endless sunshine and warm water have been the bywords of the second edition of the SoCal Ta-Ta cruisers’ rally from Santa Barbara to Catalina — with stops at Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands Harbor, and Paradise Cove. More »

Fiji’s End-of-Season Sailing Ritual

When a regatta event includes Le Mans starts, you can bet that the focus is on fun. Nearly 40 two-person crews competed in the Port Opua Hobie Cat Challenge, in which modified shallow-draft Hobie 16s raced in a single-elimination match-racing format. More »

Rolex Big Boat Series

 J/70 crews prepare their boats on Thursday morning. latitude/Chris
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Our laptop’s dictionary defines "fluky": "subject to chance, unpredictable: Sailing conditions are generally good but wind can be fluky." Day More »

All Boats Great and Small

The TP52s Vesper and Beecom in last year’s Rolex Big Boat Series. Jim Swartz’s Vesper won IRC A and the West Coast IRC championship. Beecom is entered in this week’s series. More »

No, It’s Not Nemo’s Nautilus

All sorts of vessels transit the waters of San Francisco Bay, but none as unique as Russian gazillionaire Andrey Melnichenko’s 390-ft megayacht simply named A. After a South Pacific tour and a stint in the Northwest this summer, she appeared on the Bay this week, turning heads everywhere she went.  More »

SoCal Ta-Ta Kick-Off Party

A near-capacity Ta-Ta group chows down on the beach at Santa Barbara YC. The weather was ideal, and the moon was one evening shy of a harvest moon. Perfecto! latitude/Richard
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC "This is the best party we’ve ever seen at the Santa Barbara YC," said the bartenders. More »

Find Crew, Find a Ride This Wednesday

It’s amazing how one brief conversation can be a springboard to life-changing adventures and lasting friendships. This happens all the time at Latitude 38′s Crew List parties — where skippers in need of crew mix and mingle with able-bodied sailors who are eager for a ride. More »